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In the golden age of television, can narrative podcasts compete?

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After true crime and talk show breakouts, podcast networks are making an aggressive push into fiction with star names from Kristen Wiig to Glenn Close It was almost 100 years ago that the first radio dramas hit the airwaves, beginning with A Comedy of Danger, written by then 23-year-old playwright Richard Hughes. Debuting on BBC radio in January 1924, Danger was set hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface, in a pitch-black Welsh coalmine, making it ill-suited for the stage but a natural fit for audio. Broadcast out of the BBC’s London headquarters, Marconi House, it set off a wave of radio fiction – peaking with Orson Welles’ controversial broadcast The War of the Worlds and the BBC’s perennial radio soap The Archers – that wouldn’t taper off until the advent of color television.
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